It’s No Big Deal. Just the Future of Humanity.

When I was twelve years old I had a dream.

I had a dream that someday I’d be able to own my own cow. When I turned thirty-three I fulfilled this dream. I bought two steers. This was one of the most fulfilling, joyful experiences of my life. Here is a picture of me training them. Can you see my heart popping out of my shirt?

Today I have a new dream.

To lift up the lives of other twelve-year-old girls so they can also fulfill their dreams. It’s easy and it will not only transform their lives for the better, but it will transform yours as well. First, watch this video about The Girl Effect, then read the rest of this post.

My dream is to get a girl a loan so she can buy a cow.

So she can help to feed her family. And build a business. And get an education. So she can have resources. And take care of herself. And take care of the earth. And lift us all up.

I want your help in fulfilling my dream, her dream, your dream, our dreams.

Together we can do more than get a girl a cow. We can support the lives of 2000 girls in Bangladesh—one of the specific programs The Girl Effect is promoting. We can help 2000 girls have safe spaces for education and support and we can help them get a loan to start a business of their choice.

This project is run by BRAC, a reputable NGO that started in 1972 in Bangladesh and now works all over the world. I’m going to start by donating $60.00 because that is what it costs to buy a cow in Bangladesh. But you can give more or less. No amount is too big or too small. But give something. It is no big deal. Just the future of humanity.

Safe Spaces & Loans for 2,000 Girls in Bangladesh

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The Safe Spaces funding goal is $87,150. So far they have raised $6,800.  My goal is to match what they have already raised through my site by Thanksgiving, November 26 (next week!!). This is an insanely ambitious goal. But my new motto is: Watch Me! And if we don’t raise this amount but we raise something, wouldn’t that still be totally incredible and spread The Girl Effect wide and far?

Please donate by clicking on the GIVE NOW button on this post or in the sidebar. I’ve been in email correspondence with the project managers today and they are going to try to track what gets donated from All is Listening. But since I’m nervous this might not work and I really want to know how much money gets donated to these girls from this campaign of ours, would you also send me an email and tell me what you donated, or better yet, post a comment at the end of this post and tell everyone? I’ll keep a running tally of what we raise in the sidebar of this site through Thanksgiving. Let’s all give ourselves more to be thankful for this year.

Here is a video of Sanchita, a girl from Bangladesh.

She tells the story of how owning a cow changed her life, and supported her family. Watch this video and you’ll see this isn’t just about a girl. It is also about a boy, her brother. And it is about a family. Our family.

Why did I start this campaign today?

Why not? I learned about The Girl Effect at noon today from the amazing Marianne Elliott. Now it is 11:55PM and my—ours as soon as you join me—campaign begins. I’ve spent many moments of my life being willing to be with the unknown, willing to be uncertain about what steps to take, present for confusion. So when on rare beautiful occasions I’m overcome with certainty about where to direct my energy—I don’t question it. I go. It turns out solutions to humanity’s greatest challenges are at our fingertips if we will embrace them and act on them. And give it over to the girls.

Give Now

Also today is the first day of Eid al-Adha, an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael as an act of obedience to God, before God intervened to provide him with a ram to sacrifice instead. The meat is divided into three parts to be distributed to others. The family retains one third of the share, another third is given to relatives, friends and neighbors, and the other third is given to the poor & needy. Let’s join with our Muslim brothers and sisters and give up something we love to the greater good: like $60.00 to support a girl to have a safe space and a loan for a business and maybe even get her own cow.

Give Now

Our campaign to raise $6,800 for girls in Bangladesh will run through Friday, November 20th, which is Universal Children’s Day and will end on Thursday, November 26, our day of Thanksgiving here in the United States. I have so much to give thanks for that I want to share my abundant harvest with all of you and these girls in Bangladesh. They are my family. You are my family.

The Girl Effect Blogging Campaign.

Tara Sophia Moir started The Girl Effect Blogging Campaign at her blog Wise Living Blog. Today over sixty bloggers have blogged about The Girl Effect and you can see their posts and add your own here.

Another shout out to Marianne Elliott who let me know about The Girl Effect, just as she was the one to first alert me to The Perfect Protest, and to share her own awesome challenge. She is really rocking my world. I mean that literally.

What is next?

Not only can you donate to this campaign and uplift the lives of girls, and the lives of all of us. But equally important, you can spread the word about this campaign. Send a link to this post to your friends by email, facebook, twitter, or call them all up on the phone, or knock on their doors.  I’m not going to be able to raise $6,800 in a week alone. But we certainly can do it together.  I dare you.

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As I said in my post on Monday,

The world was made for us and we were made for the world. May we live our lives in service to this world, and remember where our wholeness comes from.

Usually I only post once or twice a week to my blog, but I’m going to make an exception during this campaign and post more often—because I’m so excited about all this my fingers are on fire, and I have more to share about why this campaign to raise money for girls in Bangladesh is important to all of us, and particularly dear to my heart.

Photos of my steers by Will Ameden.

Thanks to Wikipedia for always being there with information when we need it.

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willa November 17, 2010 at 4:42 pm


I love this idea, and I think that you will be able to achieve your goal, easily


Jasmine November 17, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Thanks, Willa.

I think it will be easy as well, since it is such a good idea!


Marianne November 22, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Sent the word out with my newsletter this morning, I hope lots of people will be moved to support you!


Jasmine November 22, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Thank you so much for the generous donation and for spreading the word Marianne (and for sharing The Girl Effect with me). Later today I’ll be posting an editorial about poverty and gender equality in Bangladesh on my site by my sister-in-law, Tahmima.

I’m looking forward to really reading your newsletter later tonight.

Keep on rocking it!


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